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CHICHIBU Port Pipe

Single Malt, Japan / Honshu - Saitama 70cl Ref: 17790

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : or vif à reflets orangés.
  • Nose : fin, capiteux. La tourbe et le porto se livrent tout d’abord un duel de titans dont aucun ne triomphe vraiment. La tourbe règne en surface (fumée, pain grillé, cendres), tandis que le porto marque en profondeur (fruits noirs, noix grillée) la palette aromatique. Au fur et à mesure, les deux finissent par s’assembler procurant au nez beaucoup d’originalité et d’harmonie (rancio, gomme arabique).
  • Palate : vive, sûre d’elle. Généreuse, elle propose dans un premier temps au dégustateur une corbeille débordante de fruits (mûre, groseille, fraise, pomme, coing, rhubarbe). Puis, elle dévoile une tourbe finement réglissée et végétale (tabac frais) autour de laquelle viennent s’enchevêtrer des agrumes confits (mandarine, orange), du lierre, des roses trémières aux parfums envoûtants ainsi que des ronces de mûres.
  • Overall : longue, délicate. Délicieusement onctueuse (toffee, moka), elle est également d’une grande fermeté (schiste). Le charme de Chichibu opère désormais à fond : la couleur noire de la tourbe flirte avec un distillat cristallin et des fruits mûrs à souhait (pomme-reinette, raisin noir) sont sur le point d’être cueillis. Le verre vide respire le début de l’automne.
The brand

The brand

Created in 2008, Chichibu Japanese single malt whisky is already well-known to Japanese whisky enthusiasts, and to whisky connoisseurs generally. Entirely produced at the distillery and soon, for some expressions, with local barley and peat, and even Japanese oak casks, Chichibu is on its way to becoming the first 100% Japanese whisky, thanks to the efforts of its creator, Ichiro Akuto. Fermented in vats made of mizunara (a variety of Japanese oak that is very highly regarded for whisky) and distilled in small stills, the resulting liquid presents a surprising maturity and complexity, even when it is very young. A beautifully crafted whisky.

The distillery

Founded in 2007 by Ichiro Akuto, the grandson of the founder of the Hanyu distillery, Chichibu has been active since February 2008. Consisting of two stills made to order in Scotland by Forsyth’s, this distillery has a very exclusive following, it is not only the first Japanese single malt distillery since Hakushu, but also the smallest. In 2008 Ichiro started selling a range of very young whiskies called ‘Newborn’, before launching his first ‘real’ whisky, a three-year-old at cask strength, at Whisky Live Paris 2011. The distillery also houses the last stocks of Karuizawa, Kawasaki and Hanyu, and has its own bottling facility.

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